Do you ever encounter a cousin while researching that you wished you knew more about. Well, I recently found one of my Briles cousins a long ways from his birthplace in Coffey county, Kansas.
Instead of becoming a Kansas farmer or even an Oklahoma farmer like one of his first cousins, William McKinley Briles moved to Wyoming a few years after his marriage. Based on his obituary, it sounds like William was a Wyoming rancher or cowboy.
William McKinly Briles“William McKinly Briles,” The Billings Gazette (Billings, Montana), 2 July 1984, page 6; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 1 November 2021).
Sheridan, Who. — William McKinly Briles homesteaded in Arvada in 1919 and moved to Sheridan in 1963. He enjoyed woodworking, gunsmithing, hunting, trapping, and breaking horses. Mr. Briles, 87, died Friday in Sheridan Memorial Hospital.
He was a member of the Methodist Church. Born in LeRoy, Kan., a son of Benjamin and Martha Marrow Briles, he married Mona Fitch on Jan. 30, 1916, in Crandal, Kan.; she died in 1969. On Aug. 6, 1971, he married Nellie Livingston in Sheridan; she died in February 1984.
Survivors include a son, Ben of Buffalo; a step-grandchild; and three step-great-grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Champion Funeral Home with burial in Sheridan Municipal Cemetery.
Even though I haven’t been able to find any further information about his life as a ‘cowboy’ or his ranch, I was able to locate information about his land on the Bureau of Land Management site.
Whereas, a certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Buffalo, Wyoming has been deposited in the General Land Office, whereby it appears that, pursuant to the Act of Congress of May 20, 1862, “To Secure Homesteads to Actual Settlers on the Public Domain,” and the acts supplemental thereto, the claim of
William M. Briles
has been established and duly consummated, in conformity to law, for the
south half of the south half of Section seventeen, the southeast quarter of the southeast quarter of Section eighteen, the east half of the northwest quarter and the northeast quarter of Section nineteen and the southwest quarter of the northwest quarter and the north half of the north half of Section twenty in Township fifty-three north of Range seventy-six west of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, containing six hundred forty acres,
according to the Official Plat of the Survey of the said Land, returned to the GENERAL LAND OFFICE by the Surveyor-General:
NOW KNOW YE, That there is, therefore, granted by the UNITED STATES unto the said claimant the tract of Land above described;
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said tract of Land, with the appurtenances thereof, unto the said claimant and to the heirs and assigns of
the said claimant forever; subject to any vested and accrued water rights for mining, agricultural, manufacturing, or other purposes, and
rights to ditches and reservoirs used in connection with such water rights, as may be recognized and acknowledged by the local customs, laws,
and decisions of courts; and there is reserved from the lands hereby granted, a right of way thereon for ditches or canals constructed by the
authority of the United States, Excepting and reserving, however, to the United States all the coal and other minerals in the lands so entered
and patented, together with the right to prospect for, mine, and remove the same pursuant to the provisions and limitations of the Act of
December 29, 1916 (39 Stat,, 862),
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I, Calvin Coolidge
President of the United States of America, have caused these letters to be made
Patent, and the seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed,
GIVEN under my hand, at the City of Washington, the SIXTEENTH
day of SEPTEMBER in the year of our Lord one thousand
nine hundred and TWENTY-FIVE
By the President:
Record of Patents: Patent Number 966373United States Bureau of Land Management, “General Land Office Records,” database with images, BLM.Gov (http://glorecords.blm.gov : viewed online 1 November 2021), William Briles.